Envirothon coach Patrice Whalen said, "You should have heard the chatter in the van on the way home!" after the 2020 Arizona Envirothon Symposium held at UArizona last Saturday.
Challenged but Unbroken: Sustaining the Colorado River
The Colorado River Basin blankets a 246,000 square mile area that includes parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as portions of the states of Baja and Sonora Mexico.
Water delivered from the Colorado River serves nearly 40 million municipal and industrial customers, 22 Native American tribes and more than 6 million acres of irrigated agriculture. In addition 7 wildlife refuges, four national recreation areas and 11 national parks depend on the river for vital water supplies.
The Colorado River system is stretched to its limit: over allocation, drought, climate change and ever increasing demands mean that actions must be taken now to prevent harmful future shortages. Water managers have been and will continue to work with the US Department of the Interior, the Basin tribes, environmental groups and our neighbors in Mexico to create and implement new solutions for the range of serious challenges facing the Basin.
This beautifully crafted, 9-minute video, written and produced by Central Arizona Project and Studio 522 Productions, Inc, compels all Colorado River water users to take action to ensure the sustainability of this vital resource. Conservation, cooperation and wise water planning are crucial as is continued significant investment in the Basin’s wide range of assets.
Watch this informative video to find out more about the basin.
Mary Belle Cruz Ayala, Ph.D. Candidate in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, took part in the 2019 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Student Research Showcase on December 3, 2019, at the UArizona. Mary Belle presented a research poster entitled "Globe-Miami Watershed Planning: Using Community Building to Determine and Fill Gaps in Local Water Knowledge," based on her work with WRRC Water RAPIDS program and Research Analyst Ashley Hullinger.
Join us for engaging discussions as we reflect on the last 40 years of Arizona water management and look forward to the next 40. This year we welcome former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt as our opening keynote speaker
Climate, drought, water, and health were key topics at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) event, "Impacts of Climate on Drought and Water Availability," held at UArizona on the 19th. This ITCA-sponsored educational meeting was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was conducted in collaboration with the UArizona Tribal Relations and the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center (SWEHSC). After the morning blessing, Assistant Vice President for UArizona Tribal Relations Karen Francis-Begay and SWEHSC Director Dr.
The first statewide summit of its kind, Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona, debuted this past weekend in Flagstaff.
The Water Resources Research Center's March 27, 2020 Annual Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years , is coming together as speakers are starting to confirm their participation in either presentation or moderated discussion panels. The conference panels will focus on how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience.